EMP Museum Organizes Major Exhibition in Celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s 70th Birthday

This November marks the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix, and to celebrate his legacy, EMP Museum is organizing a major new exhibition about one of rock music’s most influential artists. Endorsed by Experience Hendrix LLC, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London focuses on Jimi Hendrix’s arrival in London in September 1966, his rise to prominence on the British pop charts, and his subsequent return to America in June 1967 when his incendiary performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival created a worldwide sensation. Hear My Train a Comin’ opens at EMP Museum on November 17, 2012. Highlights from the exhibition are now on view at The Hospital Club (thehospitalclub.com) in London through August 31, 2012.

Featuring more than 100 artifacts, including rare costumes, instruments, photographs, albums, and ephemera from EMP’s unparalleled Hendrix collection, along with never-before-seen artifacts from the estate of Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer, Mitch Mitchell, this 2,500 square-foot exhibition is the first of its kind to shine a light on Hendrix’s London reception. In collaboration with Experience Hendrix LLC, EMP will organize commemorative programs and events throughout the year to mark major milestones in Hendrix’s life.

Hear My Train a Comin’ will also feature an extensive collection of oral history interviews from Jeff Beck, Ian McLagan, Al Hendrix, Charles Shaar Murray, Ravi Shankar, Steve Winwood, along with concert footage, including never-before-seen video of Hendrix’s January 29, 1967 performance at London’s Saville Theatre. – www.empmuseum.org